The San Antonio Spurs travel to Memphis to face the Grizzlies for the second time this season. The game takes place at the FedEx Forum in Memphis. Tip-off is at 9:30 pm ET with the Spurs a slight favorite over the Grizzlies.
A Closer Look At How To Bet The San Antonio Spurs at Memphis Grizzlies NBA Spread
The odds opened at Memphis +1.5. After watching the Spurs beat Milwaukee 95 to 70, bettors jumped on the Spurs and quickly pushed the odds to San Antonio -2.5. The spread has settled at 3.5 in favor of the Spurs. The total has already gone down half a point from 186.5 to 186. The moneyline should make the Grizzlies a slight dog on the plus side.
What: San Antonio Spurs at Memphis Grizzlies
When: Thursday, December 3, 2015
Kickoff: 7:00 PM ET
Where: Memphis, TN
Stadium: FedEx Forum
Spread: Spurs -3.5
Moneyline: Spurs -160 vs Grizz +140
Game Total: 185.5
Stream: TNT Overtime
Listen: San Antonio vs Memphis
Bet The San Antonio Spurs -2.5 Because…
San Antonio’s defense might be the best in the NBA. While Golden State is getting all of the attention with a 20 and 0 record, the Spurs have run out to a 15 and 4 mark while holding opponents to under 89 points per matchup on average. That’s an amazing stat. San Antonio’s opponents average a horrible 41.8 from the field. The Spurs hold their opponents to 32% from behind the three-point line. The O/U in Spurs’ games is 5-13-1.
The San Antonio Spurs are 4-2 straight up and against the spread in their last six meetings against the Memphis Grizzlies. They have averaged 97.5 points, 44.0 rebounds and 22.5 assists per game in their last two games in the series, shooting 45.4% from the field and 28.4% from three point land.
Shooting Forward Kawhi Leonard averages 22.0 points and 8.5 rebounds in the last two meetings against Memphis. Point guard Tony Parker averages 17.5 points, and 4.5 assists per game and center Tim Duncan averages 10.0 points and 7.5 rebounds.
"We are building," said Spurs guard Manu Ginobili, who scored 15 in the last meeting against the Grizzlies on November 21. "We really don’t care about the record right now. Of course it’s good to be 10-3, but we didn’t have a super tough schedule, but it’s going to get tougher soon. We should have won one or two more games, but at the same time, we are building, we are trying to get better. … It’s progress. We’re OK."
Bet The Memphis Grizzlies +2.5 Because…
Memphis is hot. The Grizzlies have gone 8 and 2 straight up in their last 10 games. The Grizzlies are winning with both offense and defense. Memphis beat Philadelphia 92 to 84 on Nov. 29. They beat New Orleans 113 to 104 on Dec. 1. Memphis is 11 and 8 even though they average fewer points per game than they give up. The Grizzlies allow over 99 points per game while averaging 96 per game. If the Grizzlies’ offense continues to come around, Memphis will be a contender in the Western Conference. 6 of Memphis’ players scored in double-figures in the win over New Orleans.
Point guard Mike Conley averaged 11.0 points and 7.0 assists in the last two meetings against the Spurs. Center Mark Gasol averages 12.0 points and 4.5 rebounds per game. Power Forward Zach Randolph didn’t play against San Antonio the last time around. He did put up 20 points vs the last game he started against San Antonio.
"Great players make great plays," Memphis coach David Joerger said after the last loss against San Antonio. "(Leonard) hits a big shot at the end. Steps back. Duncan did what he does. It’s tough."
The Memphis Grizzlies are 2-4 straight up and against the spread in the last six games against the Spurs. They average 85.5 points, 34.5 rebounds and 20.5 assists per game in the last two meetings against San Antonio, while shooting 43.5% from the field and 27.0% from three points.
Betting Trends Related To This Matchup:
- San Antonio Spurs 5-3 On Road this season
- San Antonio Spurs 11-5 As Favorite this season
- San Antonio Spurs 5-11-1 O-U All Games this season
- San Antonio Spurs 2-3 O-U When Line is <195 this season
- San Antonio Spurs 2-5-1 O-U On Road this season
- Memphis Grizzlies 8-10 All Games this season
- Memphis Grizzlies 2-4 As Underdog or PK this season
- Memphis Grizzlies 3-6 O-U On Road this season
The Spurs are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games as a favorite, 5-18 ATS in their last 23 games as a favorite of 0.5-4.5, 41-15-1 ATS in their last 57 games as a favorite of 5.0-10.5, 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600, 8-3 ATS in their last 11 road games, and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
The Grizzlies are 1-5 ATS in their last six games as an underdog of 5.0-10.5, 2-7 ATS in their last nine games as an underdog and 20-8 ATS in their last 28 when their opponent allows 100 points or more in their previous game.
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction
The Spurs’ defense is going to test Memphis’ offense. The Grizzlies are definitely hot, but one of their 2 losses in their last 10 games was an 82 to 92 loss to the Spurs in San Antonio. Memphis shot a terrible 43% from the field in that game. San Antonio held Memphis to 1 from 9 from the three-point line while shooting 47% from the field and over 33% from the three-point line. San Antonio is just better than Memphis. They should take home the win on Thursday night.